September Monthly Bulletin

If you have been away for the past six weeks you may have missed what is arguably the most historic run in the history of Alberta Rowing.  Since July 15, 2017 Alberta athletes have accomplished the following:

  • Karen Lefsrud of Calgary. Alberta won gold at the U23 World Championships in the Women’s 8+ event; the first such time that Canada has won this event.
  • Nicole Hare of Calgary, Alberta will represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships in both the Women’s 4- and Women’s 8+ event,
  • Miki Chantler, Jessie Loutit, Amelie Schumacher, Gill Cattet Brianna Walsh, Jessica Sevick, Colleen Nesbitt, Olivia McMurray and Courtney Kruschel representing the Calgary Rowing Club were crowned Henley Champions in the Women’s 8+ for the third consecutive year.
  • Jessie Loutit, Amelie Schumacher, Olivia McMurray and Brianna Walsh representing the Calgary Rowing Club won the Women’s 4- event at Henley for the third consecutive year.  .
  • Team Alberta won an unprecedented 9 medals at the 2017 Canada Summer Games

An All Alberta Affair
The 2017 CSG Team was truly an all Alberta affair with every club playing a part in the success of our athletes in Kenora Ontario. The trailer to transport the boats to the games was provided by the Lakeland Rowing Club, while the driver transporting the boats to the Games was from the Leduc Boat Club.  The Manager of the 2017 CSG Team was from the Central Alberta Boat Club and the athletes and their coaches came from both the Edmonton and Calgary Rowing Clubs.

Canada Summer Games Recap
The Alberta Rowing Association’s (ARA) performance at the Canada Summer Games was an historic one.  ARA athletes returned home from the games winning 9 medals (3 silver medals and 6 bronze) for a third place finish in the Men’s point race and a 4th place finish in the Women’s point race.  In total 24 of the 25 athletes competing at the Games returned home to Alberta with a medal around their neck.

A breakdown of Team Alberta’s performance is as follows:

Men’s Team
Men’s 1x – Phil Kirker – 6th place
Men’s 2x –Tavis Enno and Karl Hare – finished 4th overall

Men’s Lightweight Four – Bronze Medal
Crew: Sam Pohl / Connor McKenzie / Aaron Harrower / Adam Mills

Men’s Pair – Bronze Medal
Crew: Curtis Ames / Alex Sawers

Men’s Four – Bronze Medal
Crew: Curtis Ames / Kyle Pollock / Alex Sawers / Daniel Molyneaux

Men’s 4x –Bronze Medal –
Crew: Kyle Pollock / Eric Hohnstein / Tavis Enno / Karl Hare

Men’s 8+ – Bronze Medal
Crew: Curtis Ames / Kyle Pollock / Alex Sawers / Daniel Molyneaux / Eric Hohnstein / Tavis Enno / Karl Hare / Phil Kirker/ Hannah Kennedy

Women’s Team
Women’s 1x – Nicole Foster  and Brielle Thorsen– 7th Place*
Women’s 2x  Sarah Power / Brielle Thorsen and Miki Chantler – 8th Place*
Women’s 4x    – Nicole Foster / Claudia Reisinger / Claire Hinse / Emily Arich – 8th Place
* Brielle was injured in the heats and had to find an injury replacement for the finals

Women’s 4- Silver Medal
Crew:  Aline Belzil / Veronique Ulrich / Sofia McGurk / Justine Foster

Women’s 2- Silver Medal
Crew:  Aline Belzil / Veronique Ulrich

Lightweight Women’s 2x – Bronze Medal
Crew: Jiaxi (Lucy) Lu/ Emily Arich

Women’s 8+ – Silver Medal
Crew: Aline Belzil / Veronique Ulrich / Sofia McGurk / Justine Foster/ Nicole Foster/ Claudia Reisinger / Claire Hinse / Sarah Power / Miki Chantler

Congratulations to all athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers involved with the Canada Summer Games for a job well done!

It is hard to believe that the National Rowing Championships is only two months away. This year’s NRC Regatta will take place from November 9-12 in Burnaby, British-Columbia. Following the NRC event there will be an inter-provincial big boat regatta on November 13, 2017.   Those interested in attending either event should pay particular attention to the selection document which will be distributed to your coaches shortly.

After a busy regatta season it would only be appropriate to once again recognize all of Alberta’s officials who have made the 2017 Summer Regatta Season a success here in the Prairies and across the country.  Athletes may not have noticed the hard work of these individuals, which is a testament to the quality of the officials we have in our province.  They work diligently behind the scenes to make sure that regattas are run in a safe and proper manner enabling our athletes to perform at their best.  From all of us, thank-you!

Upcoming Events
Head of the North Saskatchewan – September 23 2017, Edmonton, Alberta

Leduc Sprints, – September 24, 2017 – Leduc, Alberta

Head of the Weasel / Dino Sprints – October 14, 2017 – Calgary. Alberta